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Hello, I am a graphic designer and art director with the
deep-seated belief that emotionally driven storytelling steeped
in strategy creates the most impactful and lasting connection
with
any audience.

Below you will find information on my career history and skillsets. See something you like? See something confusing? Enjoy talking about the finer points of throwing axes? Let's chat!

References available upon request.

Contact

PHONE:

416-985-9255

EMAIL

walker.ballantyne@gmail.com

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Experience

2019-Present

Art Director
Livewire Communications

Art directed multi-location multi-national events. Including video, presentation, experience design, digital (intranet, applications, VR, AR), and print collateral. Conceptualized internal advertising campaigns for clients in finance, electronics, automotive, food and medical sectors with a story and strategy first approach.

Art Director on multi-mIllion dollar Silicon Valley sales space for a major electronics manufacturer. Including interior experience design, 360 video room experience and 98" inch touch table interactive presentations.

Oversaw multiple interns and freelance creatives.

2016-2019

Education

Bachelor of Design

Major: Illustration 

Minor: Communication Design
OCAD University | Toronto, Ontario

2007-2018

Skills

Graphic Design

Illustration

Typography

Brand Strategy

Branding

Experience Design
Team Leadership

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

PowerPoint

Keynote

HTML/CSS

Art Direction:

  • Print

  • Digital

  • Video

  • Web

  • Live Event

  • Experience

Awards

2019 - Hermes Platinum

Strategic Programs / Interactive Brand Experience

2019 - Hermes Gold

Internal Communications Video

2019 - Golden Quill

Creative Platform

2019 - Golden Quill

Special and Experiential Events

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Livewire Communications

Responsible for developing and implementing creative concepts and maintaining brand standards for Livewire clients. Creative projects include print and digital advertising, event and experience design, and visual identity systems.

Spearheaded the creation of Livewire's own brand guidelines and supporting collateral.

Oversaw multiple interns and freelance creatives.

Art Director / Illustrator / Designer
Freelance

Art Direction, Illustration and Design for agencies and small businesses. Work spanned print, digital and video.

2014-2016

Graphic Designer

Realstar Hospitality

Creative lead on Days Inn and Motel 6 brands. Designed nation-wide advertising for both digital and print campaigns.

2013-2014

Graphic Designer & Artist Relations

Gelaskins / Nuvango

Advertising and social media design for the main brand.

 

Assisted in company rebrand from Gelaskins to Nuvango working closely with the branding team and creating custom lettering for the logo development stage of the project.

 

Provided production support laying out products for the site and participating artists. Designed custom skins for private clients. 

 

Assisted in curating content for the store by identifying and connecting with potential artists.

2012-2013

Graphic Designer

Blitz Print House

Branding and product creation for Blitz's then sister company Strawberry Print. Created marketing materials and maintained social media accounts. Worked one-on-one with clients to design posters, business cards, flyers and banners. Created card templates for use by clients of Blitz website.  Provided Print Production support when needed.

2011-2013

Production Design & Illustrator
Jaymie McAmmond

Subcontracted as a production designer. Provided original illustration in-line with client brands and acted as design/illustration support for principal designer.